News in brief

02 November 2006


Within the churchyard, side by side: the Environment Minister, Elliot Morley, with the Revd Amanda Barraclough on his visit to a churchyard-regeneration project at Woodkirk in Yorkshire. While there, he announced details of his department's support for the Conservation Foundation's Parish Pump Programme.

 New Suffragan for Warwick
THE Area Dean of Deddington, the Revd John Stroyan, is to be the next Suffragan Bishop of Warwick, in Coventry diocese, it was announced on Tuesday. Mr Stroynan is 49 and married. He trained for the ministry at Queen's College, Birmingham, and Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland. He has been Vicar of Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington in Oxford diocese since 1994. He will succeed the Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, who has been translated to Hereford.

New Scottish Provost
THE NEXT Provost of St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness, is to be Canon Alexander Gordon, who has been Chaplain of Strasburg, in Europe diocese, since 2002. Canon Gordon, who is 55, trained for the ministry at Mirfield, and was ordained in 1977. He served in Moray, Ross & Caithness diocese from 1985 until 2002. He will be installed on 23 April.

'Racially motivated' cases rise
THE NUMBER of defendants dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for racially motivated crimes rose by 13 per cent last year, the CPS reported this week. Forty-four cases of religiously aggravated crimes were prosecuted, and of those, the actual or perceived religion of the victim was Muslim in 21 cases. In the remaining cases, the victims were Christian (8), Jewish (5), Hindu (3), Sikh (2), Jehovah's Witness (1), and unknown (4).

Correction: The book Time for Action referred to in "Suffer the children to come unto me" ( Features, 28 January) was published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, not the Church of England. 

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